5 signs of a bad wheel alignment

06/25/2018

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If too much wear is found on both inside and outside edges, it’s high chance there’re problems with the wheel alignment. What else?

The bad wheel alignment is always a nightmare to motorists. Sadly, even the smallest road imperfection can contribute to a bad wheel alignment, which affects not only your tire wear, fuel economy but also your own safety. Let’s check out our article on 5 signs of a bad wheel alignment.

1. Pulling to one side even in a smooth path

Most of the time this is one of the clearest clues your car can give you to know that its wheel alignment is struggling. To ascertain it, take your hands off the steering wheel in clear traffic and look for any veering into the left or right. If so, stop the engine and do a quick check-up.

car pulling to one side

Anytime you catch your car pulling to one side, stop the engine and do a quick check-up

2. Unusual worn out patterns on tires

Tires are supposed to last for a certain period of time and it is advised that you should schedule tire rotations as recommended in the car’s manual to avoid uneven worn-out, which is cupping on the outside edges of the front tire. Otherwise, if too much wear is found on both inside and outside edges, it’s high chance there’re problems with the wheel alignment.

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worn-out tires

With regular tire rotation, however, abnormal worn-out still happens, it’s high chance there’re problems with the wheel alignment

3. Loose or hard wheels

Both affect your control over the vehicle and are dangerous, especially when you’re driving in busy traffic or a winding road. Although this could be the repercussion of a failed suspension parts, bad wheel alignment is responsible for it most of the time.

4. Vibrating steering

Vibration is one of the signs of the bad wheel alignment. It usually caused by potholes which throw the wheels off their positions. However, this also a consequence of other serious problems such as misaligned tires, failed suspension components, and warped brake rotors.

hands on the wheels

The bad wheel alignment is critical to vibration in the car

5. Noises

Strange noises signify many problems of the car such as suspension, loose car parts, and also displaced wheels. If you hear any squeaking, creaking or knocking sounds from under your car, it could be badly aligned wheels.

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